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Mr. Laz 12-03-2012 11:38 AM

Dwayne Bowe Salutes 'Javon' Belcher
 

Dwayne Bowe Salutes Jovan Belcher By Wearing A T-Shirt With His Name Misspelled

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http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17sm.../avt-small.jpg Barry Petchesky

I think it's entirely reasonable for people to disagree on the proper way to commemorate a complex tragedy like that of Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend before killing himself. Of those who argued for the Chiefs game going on as scheduled because football provides a distraction from the awful parts of life, and those who said the game should have been postponed because it was unfair to ask Chiefs players and coaches to take the field so soon after a traumatizing event, neither side was "wrong"—they were just stating their opinions.

You can see both sides of the argument on how Belcher should have been commemorated. It's easy to grasp the argument that Belcher was a murderer before he was a suicide, that taking his own life is the only thing that separates him from Rae Carruth or O.J. Simpson and he shouldn't be celebrated for it, that it's an insult to Kasandra Perkins's death to marginalize her for her more famous killer. On the other hand, Belcher was the famous one, and the only reason fans feel a connection to this horror at all. He was clearly a very troubled person, and if he wasn't strictly a tragic figure, it's impossible to expect those who knew him in life to vilify him now.

It's definitely OK to turn this into a public debate on larger issues. If the wake of nationally relevant firearm deaths isn't the time to bring up gun control, when is? But this runs the risk of polarizing a tragedy for political means, and distracting from the perhaps more germane issue of mental illness.

Everyone deals with sadness in their own way, and there's no single "right" way to mourn, especially when tragedy and crime intermix. Maybe the only "wrong" thing you can do is tell someone else that their grief isn't the right kind of grief, as if that's something that can be dictated. Any way someone chooses to react to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide—yes, even with dark humor—is fine if it works for them.

That said, spelling "Javon" Belcher's name wrong on the commemorative t-shirt is definitely the wrong way to grieve.


Mr. Laz 12-03-2012 11:40 AM

How is it spelled?

siberian khatru 12-03-2012 11:40 AM

It's the thought that counts.

Speaking of ... So Jovan went "up there," huh?

ILChief 12-03-2012 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Laz (Post 9176330)
How is it spelled?

It's Jovan instead of Javon

keg in kc 12-03-2012 11:41 AM

I think the team handled it right, with the moment of silence for domestic violence victims and by choosing not to commemorate the player in any way. He doesn't deserve it.

But at the same time I think Bowe's perfectly entitled to personally mourn the loss of a teammate and friend however he chooses.

Buehler445 12-03-2012 11:41 AM

Bowe spelled it Javon

It is spelled Jovan.

Old Dog 12-03-2012 11:41 AM

WAY up there.....that's where Cassel was throwing footballs

Pestilence 12-03-2012 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keg in kc (Post 9176338)
I think the team handled it right, with the moment of silence for domestic violence victims and by choosing not to commemorate the player in any way. He doesn't deserve it.

But at the same time I think Bowe's perfectly entitled to personally mourn the loss of a teammate and friend however he chooses.

This.

loochy 12-03-2012 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by siberian khatru (Post 9176331)
It's the thought that counts.

Speaking of ... So Jovan went "up there," huh?

I need a t shirt with Hitler, Dahmer, and Belcher playing poker in a room made of flames

memyselfI 12-03-2012 11:41 AM

Stage one grief. It's call denial. If he's doing this in a month or two then I'm a bit more concerned and disgusted.

Dayze 12-03-2012 11:42 AM

Powe must have been in charge of getting the shirts printed.

Buehler445 12-03-2012 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keg in kc (Post 9176338)
I think the team handled it right, with the moment of silence for domestic violence victims and by choosing not to commemorate the player in any way. He doesn't deserve it.

But at the same time I think Bowe's perfectly entitled to personally mourn the loss of a teammate and friend however he chooses.

This. A lot.

I can't argue with anything the team has done, and I don't think we should censor Bowe. Even if he can't spell.

siberian khatru 12-03-2012 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Old Dog (Post 9176340)
WAY up there.....that's where Cassel was throwing footballs

ROFL

Remember Sunday when Quinn threw one like that to Bowe, andhe just dropped his arms and didn't even bother.

loochy 12-03-2012 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ILChief (Post 9176336)
It's Jovan instead of Javon

ROFL he doesnt' even know how to spell his "friend"'s name

Mother****erJones 12-03-2012 11:43 AM

:facepalm:


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